by By Michael J. Shapiro | September 30, 2009

Travel technology provider GetThere has announced Collaboration Suite, a collection of tools designed to maximize return on investment for travel and virtual meeting services that will be available by the end of the year. The new solution indicates GetThere's intention to move from "travel management" to "collaboration management" -- and therefore help travel and meetings departments to manage web, audio and videoconferencing, plus business-oriented social media, in addition to travel booking. The Collaboration Suite includes a return on invested collaboration calculator, which provides fiscally responsible collaboration/travel options; cubeless, the social-networking community platform developed by Sabre; GetThere Meetings, the meetings booking and management platform; and collaboration inventory management, which automates the shopping and booking of collaboration services, such as air travel or videoconferencing.